The Goods: Mood ring ($10)
The Good: Proceeds from these limited-edition rings go to Partners for Mental Health. The connection might seem a bit odd at first, but it’s a clever way to get people talking about an oft-stigmatized subject (did you know mental illnesses currently receive only 5.5% of healthcare dollars?). For real, though. It’s impossible to wear a mood ring and not have everyone you know try it on. And it doesn’t hurt that the rings are chunky, flashy and oh-so-nineties. Find them across Canada at The Bay (or buy them online).
[The Bay, Partners for Mental Health]
Sir Richard’s condoms are not your run-of-the-mill condoms. Besides promoting safe sex, they use eco-friendly methods and natural latex in their products. You’ll also be happy to know that whenever you buy one, they donate one in a developing country.
These funky-packaged condoms come in four types: Extra large, Ultra thin, Pleasure dots and Classic ribbed. Protect yourself and someone else in the process.
Visit http://sirrichards.com/web/ui/#home for more information
Sseko is kind of a unique sandal company, they don’t make sandals, they let you make them (sort of). When you buy Sseko sandals, you get the base and the straps. The point is that you twist the straps into a style of your liking.
I can’t get enough of these Kikoni sandals, they waxcloth-like straps add so much funk to an outfit. My favorite part of the sandal is that they are made in Uganda and support fair-trade.
These are $52.99 on the website, but make sure to check out the other styles and the leather handbags. Go to http://ssekodesigns.com/shop/sandals/kikoni-sandals.html
Very few things make me as happy as sticking my nose in an old book or the crackling sounds of the needle hitting a much sought after record. It is a match made in heaven that the New York Public Library will be having a super sale on vinyl this weekend.
From August 8 - August 10, the Performing Arts branch will be hosting a sale to get rid of all the surplus archive records, and I will definitely be there. The fact is that the NYPL is need of donations, and selling of records will fund our much needed public libraries.
For more info follow the link.
One of the misconceptions is that [human] trafficking is happening in another country. And if it is happening in the U.S., that it is brought here from overseas.
Radiant Cosmetics is definitely my favorite makeup brand! 20% of all their proceeds go to fighting human trafficking AND the colors are amazing.
To celebrate Independence Day, they’re offering 30% off site-wide with the coupon code FREEDOM30. Run, don’t walk to get this great deal at www.radiantcosmetics.org
My new obsession is Bang Shoes. Each color represents a different organization and 20% of proceeds go to that cause. My goal is to get all six amazing colors/ causes.
These blue pair contribute to water by donating funds to Drop In The Bucket, an organization that believes that access to clean water is a fundamental human right and strives to bring clean water to schools in Africa. Children require an education and clean water, and they make it accessible to get both in one location.
At only $55 (high-tops are $60), these shoes are helping change the world at an affordable rate. Visit their website to for more information, to shop or to get listings on stores that carry them at www.bangsshoes.com
The weather is getting warm and we can finally take out our little piggies to bask. What better sandal than these sandals from Nisolo Shoes.
By creating jobs in impoverished areas, Nisolo Shoes helps bring a stable income to the Peruvian outskirts. he $88 for these sandals stands for fair-trade and quality.
These and many more super cute shoes at http://www.nisoloshoes.com/products/delicias-sandal/
These brightly colored woven loafers from Giraffewalk will have you carrying summer wherever you go.
Fully handmade, these shoes help provide work to people in India that would be impoverished oherwise. Although, pieces jump from India, to Italy, and NYC, they promise to reduce their carbon footprint as much as possible.
These $185 flats and more brightly colored shoes at www.shopgiraffe.com
I LOVE State Bags, it would do me no justice to write about them when they so carefully wrote everything you need to know. Product prices range from $18 - $225
Go to the State Bags website for more info at http://www.statebags.com/
Fashion powerhouse Marni is famous for their sleek and modern appeal, but what happens when high fashion meets charity? This exquisitely fun t-shirt collection.
Using the artwork from children around the world, the purchase of these $170 t-shirts gives 100% of all profit to educational and health programs worldwide. Yes, $170 is steep for a t-shirt but 100% means all the money (not including production costs) goes to charity.
This and more unique t-shirts at http://www.marni.com/item/tskay/3FD17CD7/cod10/37318365KA/collection_id/15562
Nika Water is a bottled water company that donated 100% of all their profits to bringing water to clean water, education and sanitation projects in developing countries. I may not agree with buying bottled water, but Nika generously offsets the carbon footprint of their bottles and use only all post-consumer plastics when making they bottles; in other words “bottles making bottles”.
If you still feel uneasy about buying bottled water, try these awesome coconut scented SPF 15 lip balms. They provide the same support with less waste. On sale for only $8 for a pack of 4 it is a great investment if you, like me, always lose your lip balms.
Shop online at http://www.nikawater.org/shop/miscellaneous/4-pack-of-nika-spf-15-lip-balm.html